Magical Mystery Cure (S3E13)


Watch Twilight wake up in a Broadway musical that has a Disney ending.

Twilight Sparkle receives the book that Princess Luna shows Princess Celestia in The Crystal Empire pt 2 with a note from Celestia to figure out Star Swirl The Bearded unfinished spell at the end of it.  When Twilight inadvertently changes the nature of the elements of harmony by trying the incomplete incantation, she inadvertently randomizes the cutie mark gems on the jewelry mounts.  When this proves to change the destiny of the bearer of each element–except hers–it provides a clue to what Stars Swirl’s spell was supposed to do (I posit it’s to fulfill the caster’s destiny).  Unfortunately, ruins the lives of her friends.  Can Twilight figure out how to fix her hex?  Can six great songs be shoe-horned into a 22 minute episode?

While many found this episode disappointing because that is marked a truncated thirteen-episode third season—and, oh yeah, that transformational thing that smacked of selling plenty of pony princess toys—the episode is a tour-de-force musical extravaganza that packs two episodes worth of story into multiple song-pumped montages.  It also has the effect of obfuscating what actually happened with the spell.  Skip my speculation in the next paragraph if you want to watch the episode without a spoiler.

From one to another, another to one. A mark of one’s destiny, singled out, fulfilled. While many ponies share the same cutie mark, they have different destinies.  As an unfinished spell forced to work by Twilight’s proximity to the Elements of Harmony, the half-spell shuffles the elements and the barers’  destinies at the same time, but not Twilight’s because “one’s own destiny” is refers to her destiny which she is trying to fulfill.   From all of us together, together we are friends. With the marks of our destinies made one, there is magic without end.  This is the part that requires the integrity of the group, which Twilight has repaired.  This triggers the magic that fulfills the mark of Twilight’s destiny.  If most spells are a convoluted spells as this one, it’s no wonder Twilight Sparkle is so weird.

What to watch for (and comment upon):

  • Which pony gets what cutie mark?
  • Weather patterns.  Enough said.
  • How long are Spike’s bubble baths?
  • Why is Applejack boarding up the Carousel Boutique?  (Yeah, I don’t get it either.)
  • How many stars in the animation error? List each occasion the error is presented in this episode.
  • When each pony remembers what they mean to each other, something happens.  (If you are able to watch the five sequences frame by frame, it is well worth doing.)
  • Okay, Celestia has recorded all the high points in Twilight Sparkle’s life.  Does this creep you out at least a little bit?
  • Compare Alicorn wings to Pegasi wings.  How are they different?
  • When Pinkie declares “Alicorn party!” note how she is outfitted and the location of the party horn.  You may want to pause the playback to get a really good look at this.
  • Look for Twilight’s parents.  Do you think they’re happy they got their daughter admitted to Celestia’s School for Gifted Unicorns or what?
  • What do you think happens after the last frame of this episode?  Really, what happens if you don’t provide training wheels the first time you put the kid on the bike?  Uhhh…

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